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Sparking conversations at the intersection of law, sexual violence and justice.
Built as an ongoing negotiation with understanding questions of consent, Allegedly seeks to spark conversations at the intersection of law, sexual violence and justice. Using personal stories, experiences and musings, the piece asks questions about the systems that govern us and the semantics that carry out that governance. An ‘ongoing discussion’ — a work forever in progress, it establishes an active and dynamic relationship between the performers and audience, opening up the contradictions, confusions and irregularities of our own behaviour through audience responses and interactions—in looking, responding, answering and often in choosing not to answer. Through engaging the audience in questions and negotiations, the piece seeks to implicate their thoughts and decisions in the direction the play takes, trying to ‘make sense of it all’. Or at least the closest we can get to!
Mallika Taneja is a Delhi-based theatre artist. Her most recent works include Zanana ka Zamana (Time of the Femme) - built during the country-wide anti CAA movement, Aksar, Yunhi.. Mehsoos Hota Hai (Often, sometimes…It feels like this) — a reflection on mental health and the mundane; and Allegedly — dealing with questions of justice and sexual violence. Her piece Be Careful talks about the discourse of women and ’safety’, and has toured widely internationally. She also started interventions like Women Walk at Midnight, Sex Chat Room and an arts initiative called Lost & Found.
The piece was first commissioned by Zubaan Books, an independent feminist publishing house, as part of their project ‘Stepping Stones’, that looked at sexual viol
ence and impunity all over India. The adapted version of Allegedly has been co-produced by Beursschouwburg Brussels, Kunstencentrum Vooruit Ghent, and Khoya Paya—Mallika Taneja’s company.
Performed by Mallika Taneja & Shena Gamat, Video Designer: Santana Issar, Writing Inputs: Rajesh Nirmal, Legal Advisor: Mini Saxena, The Consent Project, Production Manager: Meghna Singh Bhadauria, Project Advisor - Hansa Thapliyal, Executive Producer: Khoya Paya (Mallika Taneja)
Trigger warning: This performance deals explicitly with issues of sexual violence.